Today’s Mogul in the Making Entrepreneur Spotlight features Keneshia Raymond, a Southern California native and Bay Area transplant who is making her mark on the wedding world! Keneshia is the Lady Boss and Editor in Chief of Blissful 2 Be Wedding Magazine & the founder of Enchanted: The Wedding Event. With a strong background in planning and design, she collaborates with a myriad of talented vendors to showcase the hottest new wedding trends and to give couples a wedding experience they will always remember.
Check out her interview…
(Photo Credit: F3 Studios)
Name: Keneshia (Kay) Raymond
Location:Bay Area, Ca
Business Name: Blissful 2 Be Magazine & Enchanted: The Wedding Event
Years in Business: 5 years
Are you a full or part time business owner?
I am a full time business owner.
Why did you start your business?
I started my business after being a wedding planner and noticing that their was a void in wedding magazines. They were not showcasing the real side of weddings, but all the pretty that went into it. I wanted to showcase real couples and the real side of weddings…every shape, size, and nationality, and also those incredible vendors who were not being showcased because they didn’t fit in what was the traditional model of the wedding industry. I wanted to showcase not only our couples, but our vendors as well.
(Photo Credit: Alycia Creative Photography)
What has been the most rewarding aspect of having your own business?
The most rewarding part of my business is the excitement from the vendors when they have been featured, or the couples when they see their wedding on the blog or in the magazine . Empowering the vendors to not only believe in themselves but to show them your work is amazing and the world believes so as well . I love being their cheerleader! I know it may sound corny but I feel like, as vendors, sometime we need the extra cheering squad.
What are your biggest challenges?
My biggest challenge is believing in myself, reminding myself that I am enough, and remembering why I do what I do and how much I love what I do. Also remembering it’s okay to say no and not overstretch myself. It’s hard sometimes, but I am a work in progress.
What is the best business advice you’ve ever received?
The best advice I have ever received is not to doubt myself, stay humble, and continue to learn.
(Photo Credit: Juniper Spring Photography)
Do you have a team or are you a one man/woman show?
I have been a one woman show for the past 4 ½ years. I recently brought on a graphic designer to help with the magazine. For the bridal show, we are a team of two women, myself and Diana Dorsey, who is also a wedding planner and has been working hard to bring Enchanted to new cities & states.
Where do you see your biz in the next 5 years?
In 5 years…wow! I see Blissful2Be growing into a top 100 wedding blog and the magazine doing incredibly well. I see a team of 5 people working to get the magazine out bi-monthly and growing the education portion for our vendors.
(Photo Credit: Kaitlyn Miller Photography)
What advice would you give to other Moguls in the Making?
Starting a business is the easy part. Staying with it and growing your business is the hard part . Believe in yourself, be confident and persistent, enjoy and celebrate your success and your failure. You will hear a lot of No’s and that’s okay because when you hear that one YES it will all be worth it . Stay strong and enjoy this life you are creating for yourself .
For more wedding bliss, connect with Keneshia online:
Website | Facebook | Instagram
Enchanted: The Wedding Event
Website | Facebook | Instagram